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Jeff's homeless problem could get worse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The homeless problem in Jeffersonville is likely to get worse by the end of the month.  That's when residents who live in a low income housing complex are being told they have to get out.

Kyle Eisenhaur works a part time job and goes to school full time at U of L.  He's lived in the Rose Hill Apartments for the past 5 months.

I pay about $300 or $325 a month, he said.

But an eviction letter arrived with his rent notice Sunday

"We have to be out by Sept. 1st which doesn't even give us 30 days," he said.

The letter says the property has been sold to a new owner and that all 39 tenants need to be out in by the end of the month.  Those who owe back pay on rent need to be out by the end of the week.

"They don't have the financing in order to go into a normal apartment that's 400, 500 plus utilities," said Paul Stensrud with Exit 0 Homeless Outreach.

Stensrud, says this is only going to make the homeless problem in Jeffersonville worse.  He fears many of the men who live here, will have nowhere else to go.

"We know the income of several of these folks in here and this was the only thing affordable. Several of them were living in cars and they're going to be forced to living in their cars again," said Stensrud.

For the new owner it is all about location. The apartments sit on prime real estate right in the city Jeffersonville right off the ramp of the Big 4 Bridge. Mayor Mike Moore says the new owner of the property wants to turn it into new retail and living space. The area is soon to be called Rose Hill Commons. Even Eisenhauer says redeveloping what is now a rundown area is a good thing, but says he and the other Rose Hill residents should have been given more notice.

"I know it's going to get torn down eventually but at least give us adequate time to find some ample housing," said Eisenhaur.

Right now 120 people are estimated to be homeless in Jeffersonville.  

"That shelter is at max and they're even reaching into the community for meals," said Stensrud.

"There's a lot of them they'll be sleeping outside when this places goes because there's no place else around like that," said Eisenhaur.

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